April 15, 2018 at 7:40 am #48886
All day games.
Memphis vs. Iowa: John Gant
Springfield vs. Frisco: Connor Jones
Palm Beach vs. Florida: Evan Kruczynski
Peoria vs. Burlington (2): Evan Guillory/Alvaro SeijasApril 15, 2018 at 9:47 am #48904
It must be the confidence level at (9-1) Memphis that has their rotation humming. Gant, Flaherty and Poncedeleon have all excelled in their first 2 starts. Hudson (2-0) and Gomber (1-0) have been just okay but have profited from the Redbirds winning ways.
On the other side, (3-7) Springfield’s starters (except for Greene’s gem yesterday) have likely felt far less confident. After the second swing through the rotation (CJones goes today) there are no similarities with Memphis’ success. For the level of play in the AA Texas League, one would figure that Woodford#18-Helsley#9-Greene(arrived after the poll)-Tewes#29-CJones#23 would be closer to equal with our AAA representative. Not the case so far.
Its very, very early but no starter has gone 5.0 or more inn. more than once. Five of the first nine starts resulted in the starter not lasting 5.0. Its a good group of arms yet the success hasn’t been there. Not one of the five can be pleased with their work up until now. I dare say, is it possible that we overvalued the whole group? Nah, we’re better than that… and so are these prospects. They’ll get turned around when the weather ever heats up.April 15, 2018 at 10:29 am #48907
I should point out that the Memphis rotation has not have one MLB’s GAME START (GS) UNDER 46. (A starting pitcher starts out with 50). The Springfield starters (before Greene’s 80 yesterday) have not had a GS OVER 45. That is almost mind-blowing.April 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm #48932mbusappParticipantFree
How much longer till Luke Voit returns?April 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm #48992BlackHillsCardParticipantFree
Gant with the solid start today. Too bad Arturo blew the game. Him and Gillmartin have been pretty bad.April 16, 2018 at 8:03 am #49023April 16, 2018 at 11:05 am #49055stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Still early, but Yepez with a slash line of .500/.543/.843 so far. Maybe he’s catching on and that return for Adams won’t feel so light. I remember Juan being a common punching bag last season.
Dylan Carlson also is playing well, with a 1.010 OPS on the young season. Would be good to see a couple of solid bats start moving up through the system.April 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm #49059CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
5-1 Memphis after 3. O’Neill with 2 homers (6 on the year) and now batting .439 with 18 rbi (game 12). Shrock 2-2 and batting .413. Mercado a homer and now batting .368.April 16, 2018 at 12:21 pm #49060MrperkinsParticipantFree
We have great young outfield talent at AAA but that depth chart at Springfield is not inspiring. Would love to see Carlson make a move, though he would have to make it through the tough on hitting league Palm Beach plays in. Hoping to see Plummer, Denton, or even my favorite named fellow Murders figure it out and get to AA before season’s end. This outfield of Thomas, Spitz, and Roache is unexciting to say the least. Was aiming for 20-30 games attended this year but may save it for Woodford/Helsey starts. Helsey was consistently at 95 by the gun on the game I was at last week.April 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm #49064
Haven’t seen much of Thomas yet, but what there is has been good. He already has four homers in 10 games.
Members should look for Derek Shore’s feature on Thomas to be posted on Tuesday morning.April 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm #49071PadsFSParticipantFree
O’Neill is absolutely crushing it. Incredible.April 16, 2018 at 12:52 pm #49076
It doesn’t matter what O’Neill does…. he has no place to go. Same for AGarcia and Arozarena and Mercado, plus Bader. One of them should be starting in Busch.April 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm #49089CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
I predict O’Neill up and Bader down by June first unless an OF gets injured first then they bith might be in STL.April 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm #49093
I agree, CC. Injuries happen every year. There was a period last summer when three outfielders were on the DL at the same time. No reason to be impatient. It will work itself out.
I disagree, Ny. It matters very much what O’Neill does. If he tanks, another OF will pass him. Thankfully, he obviously does not share your doom and gloom view.
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